The demonstrations that began last month to fight against the years of corruption, unemployment, and lack of basic services, which have plagued Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, continue to escalate.
The violence spread out from the capital of Baghdad to the cities of Basra and Nasiriya, which are in the southern part of the country. This past weekend six demonstrators were killed and dozens injured by Iraqi security forces. To date, some 350 people have been killed and thousands injured.
In the port city of Umm Qasr, three protesters were killed and 78 injured. During the month of November, protesters have been blocking roads, severely hampering activities in Iraq’s most important port.
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: More damage from the 2003 U.S. Invasion: a study has been released that shows a number of Iraqi children have been born with serious birth defects connected to the ongoing presence of American military bases.
The study, published in the Journal of Environmental Pollution and Control, looked at birth defects in babies born near the Imam Ali air base in Iraq, which is operated by the U.S. and its allies.
Babies have been shown to suffer neurological issues and pronounced birth defects.
The suspected cause is rising levels of the radioactive element thorium, which was found to be in toxic levels in a number of the babies examined.
According to a leading author of the study, “The closer you live to a U.S. military base in Iraq, the higher the thorium in your body and the more likely you are to suffer serious congenital deformities and birth defects.”
This latest study is one that follows a number of others, which detail elevated rates of cancer, miscarriages, and toxic poisoning in areas of Iraq where the U.S. military and its allies had launched significant offensives after occupying Iraq.
These facts, including the illegality of the U.S./UK Iraq war, based on lies that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and ties to al Qaeda, are totally ignored by America’s mainstream media.
Instead, they focus on America’s right to invade and overthrow governments under the guise of fighting ISIS.
Ignoring the reality of reaping what you sow, ISIS formed in large part in reaction to America’s mass murder of millions and its bombing nations into rubble in Iraq, Syria, Libya, etc.